Mac email client. What's your choice?

over 8 years ago from , Senior UX and Product Designer

Hey guys,

Do you have any recommendation for a neat Mac email client that's not Airmail, Unibox or Inky?

Looking forward to hear from y'all.



  • Ala'a AhmedAla'a Ahmed, over 8 years ago

    MailBox !

    13 points
  • Ray YipRay Yip, over 8 years ago

    I tried more than 10 popular e-mail clients on Mac, after that i still choose Mail.app

    I can't tell why but i just felt it's the best.

    It's some kind of comfortable or natural i can't describe.

    7 points
  • Marci IkelerMarci Ikeler, over 8 years ago

    Gmail running in Chrome. With all the extensions available, it can't be beat.

    6 points
  • George ChenGeorge Chen, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Airmail 2 on the Mac is a big improvement from v1 and I don't care for Mailbox with their workflow.

    IMHO, Airmail 2 is the perfect replacement for Sparrow.

    5 points
    • Jeremy HooverJeremy Hoover, over 8 years ago

      Is it faster? I found v1 quite slow at filtering addresses in the To: field.

      0 points
      • George ChenGeorge Chen, over 8 years ago

        Yup it is. I gave up on v1 after a few hrs of use. Airmail 2 is my default email client.

        Not sure if they rewrote the whole thing, but it feels like a different app.

        0 points
    • Rob MasefieldRob Masefield, over 8 years ago

      Yup, I'm with you George. I've "tried 'em all" and have found myself settling on Airmail 2. Good stuff.

      1 point
    • Jeremy HooverJeremy Hoover, over 8 years ago

      Ok, I'm trying the beta and it's super fast. There goes another $10.

      2 points
  • Patrick BenskePatrick Benske, over 8 years ago

    Airmail 2 all the way. I have tried so many different email clients and Airmail 2 is my favourite one so far.

    1 point
  • Roman DavydkoRoman Davydko, over 8 years ago

    Unibox is pretty nice. Using it for almost a year now. Single-window concept is great and sender-centric UI just makes me love this app.

    1 point
  • David DíazDavid Díaz, over 8 years ago

    I love Airmail. It's awesome.

    1 point
  • Daniel ArcherDaniel Archer, over 8 years ago

    I've tried a bunch, and I always keep coming back to Mail. At the end of the day, I don't need my email app to be a task manager or be social. I just need it to do email, and it does a pretty solid job.

    1 point
  • Juliano DasilvaJuliano Dasilva, over 8 years ago

    I use Airmail but mine crashes quite often. I'm also looking to switch but e-mail seems to be an area that needs a good solution.

    1 point
  • Philip LesterPhilip Lester, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Use Airmail personally. Works great w/Gmail and almost always receives mail faster than Mail app. You have to pay for their regular version, but can use the beta for free:


    Edit: just read the entirety of the first post and realize you aren't interested in Airmail, so nevermind!

    1 point
    • Aidan GilmoreAidan Gilmore, over 8 years ago

      I tried AirMail and it's a great product but after a little while I just naturally drifted back to Mail.app

      0 points
  • Felipe DutraFelipe Dutra, over 8 years ago

    Gmail in chrome tab.

    0 points
  • Alvaro F. EchavarriAlvaro F. Echavarri, over 8 years ago

    Mailbox got me hooked on the iPhone and now I use the desktop version for all my gmails. I still use the Mail.app for my work email and others...

    0 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 8 years ago

    Apple Mail: because it's the only Exchange client that actually works for Mac.

    0 points
  • David BlumDavid Blum, over 8 years ago

    Apple Mail. Tested all the Alternatives but they are feeling all buggy or slow or have too much UX fails in it.

    0 points
  • Yugene LeeYugene Lee, over 8 years ago

    Sparrow, since 2011.

    0 points
  • Nathan HueningNathan Huening, over 8 years ago

    +1 Mail.app

    0 points
  • Brian A.Brian A., over 8 years ago

    Still using Gmail on the web (in Chrome, FWIW). I've tried various desktop clients and none of them ever seemed to work that well. Web-based Gmail is familiar, fast, platform-agnostic, and it just works.

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 8 years ago

    Airmail for when I'm just churning through Gmail and Exchange, Inbox (browser) and Outlook (sigh) when I'm actually working.

    0 points
  • Alaik FAlaik F, over 8 years ago

    Still use sparrow

    0 points
  • Matthew R. MillerMatthew R. Miller, over 8 years ago

    Sparrow, going strong. It does everything I need it to do and doesn't include the shit I don't want it to do.

    0 points
  • Lee Fuhr, over 8 years ago

    I love Mailbox on my iPhone, but it's not keyboard friendly. Gmail is, so I just use regular old on-the-web Gmail.

    I try a client a few times a year and always come right back.

    0 points
  • Alex CornellAlex Cornell, over 8 years ago

    Still using Sparrow. Will hold on for many moons. I am of the mind that email is not "broken". If you are organized, focused, and practice zero inbox, email is easy and not stressful. Email is awesome.

    0 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 8 years ago

    Even more difficult choice now that I am using Google Inbox for my primary email and regular Google Apps Gmail for my work email.

    0 points
  • Kevin Brennan, over 8 years ago

    I'm still hanging on to Sparrow for as long as I can.

    I've give AirMail a try and it's ok too.

    I really like the simplicity of Sparrow though.

    0 points
  • Bruno BarrosBruno Barros, over 8 years ago

    Sadly, Mailbox doesn't work well when you have dozens of labels to manage. I usually create a label for each client I have. That's how I keep track of things.

    I've been using Airmail 2 for a while. It's not as polished as Sparrow was, but it's the only client robust enough for my workflow.

    0 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 8 years ago

    Mailplane for a few years now.

    0 points
  • Ryan LeFevreRyan LeFevre, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Mail.app is too slow and its Gmail integration is still too poor. I use Mailbox currently, but it crashes all the time. It struggles the most with images in emails, which often causes it to crash. Once they work out all of the bugs and implement more mail providers, it will be pretty solid.

    0 points
  • Artem TitoulenkoArtem Titoulenko, over 8 years ago

    I use Mailbox when it's not crashing, but I prefer Alpine (or just pine) since I can get my usenet lists alongside my emails. Thunderbird was ok, but it's really just good for a trip down memory lane at this point.

    0 points
  • Vincent MillikenVincent Milliken, over 8 years ago

    Anyone use mailmate? would be interested to hear what its like.

    0 points
  • Drew AlbinsonDrew Albinson, over 8 years ago

    Pretty similar to the rest:

    Mailbox for Gmail Airmail for Exchange (work).

    As soon as Mailbox incorporates Exchange I'll switch over completely. Airmail is nice but Mailbox is the most superior mail Mac App i've used.

    0 points
  • Can GoktasCan Goktas, over 8 years ago

    I'm using Sparrow but it has halted the development, they're bought by Google (and they made the Inbox, fyi).

    Although I don't have any problem with Sparrow, I'm thinking about switching to Mailbox.

    0 points
  • Nick JubreyNick Jubrey, over 8 years ago

    Mailbox beta

    0 points
  • Nick SloggettNick Sloggett, over 8 years ago

    Mailbox. Once you work out the weird little kinks with workflow its fantastic.

    0 points
  • Max GlenisterMax Glenister, over 8 years ago

    Using (but not enjoying) Mail.app for my work/Exchange-based email, Postbox.app for my private work email.

    Mail is very slow most of the time. Postbox is just a nicer looking Thunderbird, but it does the job.

    0 points
    • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 8 years ago

      I didn't know Postbox had a Mac version (or, I forgot). Postbox was my client of choice on Windows, and when I got a Mac, I started using Airmail. My license information still works for Postbox, but the UI is out of place on Yosemite.


      0 points